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The novel cure : from abandoment to zestlessness : 751 books to cure what ails you

by Berthoud, Ella,

Format: Print Book 2013
Availability: Available at 10 Libraries 10 of 10 copies
Available (10)
Location Collection Call #
Baldwin Borough Library Learning and Career 809.3 BER
Location  Baldwin Borough Library
Collection  Learning and Career
Call Number  809.3 BER
CLP - Main Library Second Floor - Non-fiction PN3352.P7 B47 2013
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Second Floor - Non-fiction
Call Number  PN3352.P7 B47 2013
Coraopolis Memorial Library Adult Fiction 809.3 BER
Location  Coraopolis Memorial Library
Collection  Adult Fiction
Call Number  809.3 BER
Monroeville Public Library Non-fiction 809.3 BERTHOUD
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Non-fiction
Call Number  809.3 BERTHOUD
Northern Tier Regional Library Nonfiction 809.3 BERTH
Location  Northern Tier Regional Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  809.3 BERTH
Northland Public Library Nonfiction 809.3 B46
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  809.3 B46
Penn Hills Library Non-Fiction 809.3 BER
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Non-Fiction
Call Number  809.3 BER
Pleasant Hills Public Library Nonfiction 809.3 B54
Location  Pleasant Hills Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  809.3 B54
South Park Library Nonfiction 809.3 BER
Location  South Park Library
Collection  Nonfiction
Call Number  809.3 BER
Whitehall Public Library Nonfiction Collection NF 809.39353 B461
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  Nonfiction Collection
Call Number  NF 809.39353 B461
"Delightful... elegant prose and discussions that span the history of 2,000 years of literature."-- Publisher's Weekly

A novel is a story transmitted from the novelist to the reader. It offers distraction, entertainment, and an opportunity to unwind or focus. But it can also be something more powerful--a way to learn about how to live. Read at the right moment in your life, a novel can--quite literally--change it.

The Novel Cure is a reminder of that power. To create this apothecary, the authors have trawled two thousand years of literature for novels that effectively promote happiness, health, and sanity, written by brilliant minds who knew what it meant to be human and wrote their life lessons into their fiction. Structured like a reference book, readers simply look up their ailment, be it agoraphobia, boredom, or a midlife crisis, and are given a novel to read as the antidote. Bibliotherapy does not discriminate between pains of the body and pains of the head (or heart). Aware that you've been cowardly? Pick up To Kill a Mockingbird for an injection of courage. Experiencing a sudden, acute fear of death? Read One Hundred Years of Solitude for some perspective on the larger cycle of life. Nervous about throwing a dinner party? Ali Smith's There but for The will convince you that yours could never go that wrong. Whatever your condition, the prescription is simple: a novel (or two), to be read at regular intervals and in nice long chunks until you finish. Some treatments will lead to a complete cure. Others will offer solace, showing that you're not the first to experience these emotions. The Novel Cure is also peppered with useful lists and sidebars recommending the best novels to read when you're stuck in traffic or can't fall asleep, the most important novels to read during every decade of life, and many more.

Brilliant in concept and deeply satisfying in execution, The Novel Cure belongs on everyone's bookshelf and in every medicine cabinet. It will make even the most well-read fiction aficionado pick up a novel he's never heard of, and see familiar ones with new eyes. Mostly, it will reaffirm literature's ability to distract and transport, to resonate and reassure, to change the way we see the world and our place in it.

"This appealing and helpful read is guaranteed to double the length of a to-read list and become a go-to reference for those unsure of their reading identities or who are overwhelmed by the sheer number of books in the world. "-- Library Journal
Additional Information
Subjects Fiction -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc.
Reading, Psychology of.
Best books.
Publisher New York :2013
Contributors Elderkin, Susan, author.
Language English
Notes Includes indexes.
Description xii, 420 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN 9780143125938 (paperback)
0143125931 (paperback)
9781594205163 (hardback)
1594205167 (hardback)
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